Zoology (Zoologiya) Reviews

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September 27, 2020
A little gem that is worth your time.
September 1, 2020
A fascinating film on multiple levels.
August 27, 2020
While Zoology's genre flourishes are demurer than some of its initial responses may otherwise suggest, Tverdovsky proves to be an innovative and interesting new Russian talent with his sophomore film.
February 22, 2019
An intriguing premise becomes a meandering, unclear contemplation - with a fitting visual motif of walking - yet never receives much payoff.
February 15, 2019
Even when the film deals with the fetishization of the other, it's another way in which it's seriously engaging in social commentary.
October 18, 2018
The film's magical realism is a dark satire of Russian contemporary life, sexuality, morality, health service and society, with an outstanding performance from Natalia Pavlenkova.
December 26, 2017
Marbled with melancholy, this is an intelligent meditation on gender, age and body image.
November 11, 2017
[Pavlenkova's] acting is Zoology's sole redeeming point, which makes it all the more distasteful that all the plot developments, and the tentative love story in particular, are put in the service of the final twist.
October 1, 2017
Tverdovsky doesn't take the story anywhere really startling. His compassionate, intriguing film is enjoyable but anticlimactic.
October 1, 2017
You probably need to be Russian to be able to fully unpack the layers of satire and allegory in this defiantly oddball tale of personal growth. But the impact of the sheer weirdness of a story of a middle-aged zoo worker who grows a tail is universal.
September 29, 2017
There are strains of Gogol and Kafka in this intriguing if flawed movie from Russian director Ivan I Tverdovskiy, shot in a restless handheld style, the camera roaming and panning across a dreary workaday world.
September 29, 2017
Zoology is a genuine oddity: bizarre, surprising and affecting. If it's meaning is muddled, Natasha Pavlenkova' s central turn makes the tale - and the tail - worthwhile.
September 28, 2017
Any redemption in Zoology comes from the sheer accomplishment of Natalya Pavlenkova's playing. To explore such depths of pain is, perverse though it may seem, somehow to transcend them.
September 28, 2017
Manages to tell the story of a woman growing a tail with sad and memorable conviction.
September 28, 2017
If 'Teeth' and 'Raw' got your tail wagging, you'll lap this up.
September 27, 2017
[An] intriguing Russian satire.
September 27, 2017
Ivan I. Tverdovskiy gives the world a poetically tragic story of a reclusive outsider. It's painful, it's grim, and it's sometimes hard to watch, but patient viewers will be rewarded by this unclassifiable oddity.
September 26, 2017
Pavlenkova mesmerises as the unorthodox creature of the night, but the story is just a little too scatter-brained to become a true body-horror classic.
September 25, 2017
Pavlenkova's rich, emotional performance is one of the reasons it becomes such an involving, touching film but Tverdovsky's sure touch, bone-dry social satire and affinity with the outsider confirms him as a talent to watch.
September 22, 2017
It feels like a lot more could have been done with an idea and setting which lends itself to so much, and yet gives less than it promises.
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